Wayne Rooney admits to 'bad tackle' on Jordon Mutch

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney makes a point to referee Neil Swarbrick after being booked against Cardiff

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has admitted he was at fault when he kicked out at Jordon Mutch during Sunday's 2-2 draw against Cardiff.

Referee Neil Swarbrick opted to book the 28-year-old rather than show him a red card for the first-half incident.

"Just watched game back. I agree mine was bad tackle and ref dealt with it," Rooney tweeted.

Manager David Moyes added: "There was a bit of a tussle but I don't think it deserved any more than a yellow card."

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay agreed with the booking, but stated "certain referees" might have sent Rooney off.

Wayne Rooney clashes with Jordan Mutch
Rooney was booked for kicking Mutch

"Overall, Neil Swarbrick did well and I thought he called the big decisions well today," the Scot said.

Former Newcastle and England forward Alan Shearer believes if the official had another chance to look at the incident, the decision would be a different one.

"The referee dealt with the tackle, but if he had seen Rooney kicking him then it would have been red," Shearer said on Match of the Day 2.

Rooney became the centre of controversy in the eighth minute after lashing out when he became frustrated trying to dribble free of Mutch.

Despite the protestations of the Cardiff players, Swarbrick declined to dismiss Rooney. This decision was to anger the Welsh side even more soon after as the striker put his team in front with a deflected strike.

Following an equaliser from ex-United forward Fraizer Campbell, Patrice Evra's header from Rooney's corner looked to have given the champions a valuable away victory.

However, they were denied by substitute Kim Bo-Kyung, who nodded home a Peter Whittingham free-kick in the 90th minute.

When asked for his thoughts on the result, Moyes said: "Disappointment that we didn't take all three points, but Cardiff made a game of it and put us under pressure.

"We gave away a stupid free-kick which led to the [equalising] goal but we had one or two chances ourselves which could have put the game to bed earlier."

The South Korea international's late intervention saw United finish the weekend in sixth place in the Premier League table, seven points behind leaders Arsenal.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal1291224101428
2Liverpool1273224131124
3Chelsea1273221101124
4Man City1271434122222
5Southampton12642157822
6Man Utd126332015521
7Everton125611713421
8Newcastle126241717020
9Tottenham12624912-320
10Swansea124351716115
11West Brom113531212014
12Aston Villa114251112-114
13Hull12426915-614
14Stoke123451214-213
15Cardiff123451117-613
16Norwich123271023-1311
17West Ham12246914-510
18Fulham123181121-1010
19Crystal Palace12219721-147
20Sunderland12219824-167
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